2020-21 Programme

**All events will take place on MS Teams. To attend any of the events listed below, please contact the Directors via and we will send you the link.**

Autumn semester

1 October 2020, 5.30pm. Marc Jaffré (independent scholar)
‘Planets revolving around the sun? Court and Courtiers in Louis XIII’s France, 1610-1643’

5 October 2020, 4-5pm. Peggy Brunache (University of Glasgow)
‘Slavery and resistance in the French Antilles’

14 October 2020, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – James Palmer (Medieval History)
Historians, politics, and the imagining of France’s early medieval origins in the nineteenth century’

28 October 2020, 4-5pm. French Visual Culture Seminar – Kathrin Yacavone (University of Cologne)
Intermedial Authorship: Victor Hugo and Nineteenth-Century Photography’

18 November 2020, 4pm. Biannual Seminar – Christy Pichichero (George Mason University)
‘Black | Power: Race and Global War in the Early Modern French Empire’
Chairs: Prof Julia Prest and Prof Guy Rowlands

Spring semester

17 February 2021, 4pm Biannual Seminar – Aro Velmet (University of Southern California)
‘Pasteur’s Empire: Tuberculosis and Colonial Technopolitics in France and Indochina in the 1920s’

24 February 2021, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – Ysaline Bourgine de Meder (St Andrews/Ghent, Medieval History)
‘Being a lord in 15th c. Normandy: from chickens to gallows’

3 March 2021, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – Natalee Garrett (Modern History)
‘Running from the Revolution: French émigrés in satirical prints’


The Centre organises and hosts a wide range of conferences, workshops and other gatherings, to foster and support research into the history and culture of France and the Francophone world. Our events include:

WORKSHOPS ~ We regularly organise one or two-day workshops. Click here for further details

SEMINARS ~ Once or twice a year we invite an external speaker to present their research at St Andrews. The full list of speakers is available here

SALONS ~ Lunchtime gatherings at which St Andrews staff and postgraduates present their work informally to colleagues.  Click here for past programmes

If you would like to attend one of our events, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know:  


We are delighted to announce the publication of the next book in St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture series:
Thomas A. Donlan, The Reform of Zeal: François de Sales and Militant French Catholicism


Contact us by writing to the co-directors, Dr. Sarah Easterby-Smith and Justine Firnhaber-Baker at:

Post: Centre for French History and Culture,
School of History
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s Lodge
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9BA

+44 (0)1334 462906